Package of benefits for city’s senior citizens

Package of benefits for city’s senior citizens

By: Lydia C. Pendon

THE Iloilo City government is planning a package of benefits to registered senior citizens on top of the monthly cash allowance given to them by the national and city governments.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the city government and SM Cinema will soon draw a memorandum of agreement to give free movie passes to senior citizens every Tuesday. The free movie program will be launched on August 25 during the Charter day celebration of the city.

Ilonggo Senator Franklin M. Drilon is set to give financial assistance to the city senior citizens for their hospitalization at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC).

Fines for illegally parked vehicles suspended but…

Fines for illegally parked

vehicles suspended but…

By: Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said drivers and owners of illegally parked vehicles in the metropolis will not be penalized until end of this month.

In a meeting with the transport sector Wednesday, Mabilog said no penalty will be exacted on vehicles caught for illegal parking but the violator will be issued with a warning ticket.

The mayor also created a Traffic Review Committee to look into the complaints of jeepney and taxi drivers who will challenge the citation ticket issued by the Traffic Management and Transport Regulation Office (TMTRO).

The five-members committee will be meeting once a week and will be composed of the city legal officer, chairman of the committee on transportation in the City Council, TMTRO chief and presidents of two transport groups.

Restoration of old Iloilo capitol underway

Restoration of old Iloilo capitol underway.

THE restoration of the old Iloilo capitol is now underway after its architectural perspective was approved by the provincial government.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. said architect and Pavia Vice Mayor Guillermo Hisancha has presented to the perspective and they are now rushing the program of work for the bidding process.

Gov. Defensor said the provincial board has already an approved initial budget of P20 million to be used to start the exterior restoration.

Uncle suspect in ex-prosecutor’s death

Uncle suspect in ex-prosecutor’s death

By: Tara Yap

A FORMER prosecutor was literally hammered to death inside his house Wednesday.

Atty. Arsenio Villalobos, 52, was found dead by his mother Trinidad past 6pm at his house at Brgy. San Pedro in Jaro, Iloilo City.

According to Jaro PNP chief P/S Insp. Joseph Almaquer, Villalobos succumbed to five blows on the head.

Almaquer said a bloodied knife and a hammer were also recovered from the victim’s hand. However, he found it impossible for Villalobos to inflict his own wounds, ruling out suicide in the case.

The Jaro PNP is currently looking at Ramon Ocampo, the victim’s uncle, as one of the primary suspects.

Ocampo and Villalobos live in the same house after both have been separated from their families. Ocampo was last seen with the victim.

Del Rosario Jr.: Education and entrepreneurship

Del Rosario Jr.: Education and entrepreneurship

(The Daily Guardian is running a series on the speakers of the 1st Iloilo City Business Summit themed “Innovative and Sustainable Development for Growth” on July 29, 2011 at the Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center. TDG is a media partner of the summit.)

RAMON R. del Rosario, Jr. is the president and chief executive officer of PHINMA Corp. (formerly Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Inc.) and Philippine Investment Management, Inc., two affiliated companies with investments in education, housing, energy, business process outsourcing, hotels, financial services, and steel roofing.

He is also vice-chairman of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., chairman of the educational institutions under the PHINMA Education Network– University of Pangasinan, University of Iloilo, Araullo University, and Cagayan de Oro College, and of Microtel Inns and Suites (Pilipinas), Inc., United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc., TA Renewable Energy Corporation, AB Capital and Investment Corporation, Toon City Animation, Inc., PHINMA A&E Outsource Corp., and PHINMA F&A Outsource Corp.

He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Ayala Corporation, Holcim Philippines, Inc. and Roxas Holdings, Inc., which are listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, and of other PHINMA companies.

Del Rosario served as the Philippines’ secretary of finance under President Fidel V. Ramos from 1992 to 1993. He served previously as chairman and chief executive officer of AsianBank Corp., chief financial officer of San Miguel Corp. and director in Petron Corporation, Meralco and Ayala Land, Inc..

PNoy distributes land to farmers

PNoy distributes land to farmers

By: Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS City – A total of 124 Capiceño farmers finally got to own the land to till after receiving their certificates of land ownership from President Benigno S. Aquino III during his recent visit to Capiz.

The farmer beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program from different municipalities expressed gratitude to the government for granting them ownership of the land they till.

Marilou Clarito, who represented the farmer beneficiaries for Pontevedra and Pilar, Gelma Delino for Dao and Dumalag, Rolando Demingoy for Maayon, Arjin Reapor of Tapaz, and Gerardo Dice of Sigma, personally received the CLOA from the President during the distribution of assistance on social services here.

Capiz guv thanks PNoy for projects

Capiz guv thanks PNoy for projects

ROXAS City – “The trust and confidence of the people of Capiz and Roxas City will always be with you.”

This was the message of Capiz Governor Victor A. Tanco to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III during his visit here Tuesday.

Tanco extended his gratitude in behalf of the people of Capiz for the numerous projects the President delivered for the province.

President Aquino personally distributed 33,386 Philhealth Cards to selected beneficiaries from different municipalities in the province.

Capiz cops to join ‘fun run’

Capiz cops to join ‘fun run’

By: Alex A. Lumaque

ROXAS City – An early morning fun run will be conducted by the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) July 16 as part of the Police Community Relations (PCR) celebration this month.

PO3 Donna Asmod, CPPO public information officer, said the activity dubbed “Fun Run 2011” will start at the Roxas City public plaza up to Baybay Beach.

“About 200 policemen, all criminology students and civilians will join the fun run,” added Asmod.

The month-long observance is in consonance with Presidential Proclamation (PP) No. 764, which declares the month of July of every year as PCR Month.

Gov. Tanco is 2011 UPV Outstanding Professional

Gov. Tanco is 2011 UPV Outstanding Professional

ROXAS City – Capiz Governor Victor A. Tanco was chosen by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Inc.-Iloilo Chapter as this year’s University of the Philippines-Visayas (UPV) Outstanding Professional for Public Service and Governance.

The UPV Outstanding Professional Awards is given to any UP graduate residing and working in Western Visayas who made outstanding achievements in their chosen field.

Criteria for the said recognition include the nominee’s professional practice, advocacy, community service, volunteer works, leadership and membership to other organizations and awards, citations and honors received.

Flashflood hits Estancia

Flashflood hits Estancia THE Philippine Red Cross was one of the first non-government organizations to provide relief goods to victims of the flash flood in Estancia which destroyed four homes and displaced more than 60 families. THREE hours of heavy rains resulted in the displacement of 68 families at Sitio Pototan, Brgy. Cano-an in Estancia, […]

Illegal drugs remain rampant in Boracay

Illegal drugs remain

rampant in Boracay

By: Tara Yap

PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA 6) confirmed that illegal drugs continue to proliferate in the world famous beach destination Boracay.

Atty. Ronnie Delicana, PDEA 6 chief legal counsel and designated spokesperson, said the interception of a cargo with 70 grams of shabu Monday at the Caticlan Airport only confirmed that drug traders are still keen in delivering illegal drugs to Boracay even with the prying eyes of law enforcers.

“But they were caught before they can even deliver and sell it,” Delicana said.

Delicana explained that the shabu was worth approximately P1 million based on the prevailing street price in Boracay, which is more expensive in urban centers across Western Visayas.